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Wildfires menace Show Low as heat wave gathers

Dangerous fire season now picks up momentum

With Show Low on the brink of evacuation, firefighters continue to work to contain a host of wildfires.

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Inspiring music teachers stage their final Payson High School concert

The Payson High School band, guitar groups and choirs had one last concert for the year.

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Juniper Fire near Young appears tamed

The 31,000-acre Juniper Fire near Young continues to smolder, but hasn't grown in several days. Some 138 firefighters remain on the fire line to monitor the fire and keep it within the planning area, despite rising temperatures and winds. Officially, the fire is 35 percent contained.

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Firefighters report "progress" against 10,000-acre Cedar Fire

Still no evacuation notice for Show Low or Pinetop

Firefighters report "good progress" in battling the Cedar Fire, which has grown to nearly 10,000 acres. So far, they've used burnout operation to keep the fire south of the line that would trigger an evacuation of Show Low and Pine top. Here's the update the Forest Service issued at 2 p.m. on Friday:

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State Transportation Board approves 2017-2021 Five-Year Construction Program

Lion Springs project near Star Valley doesn't make the project list

On Friday morning, the Arizona Department of Transportation issued the following release on finalization of its five-year plan for building, upgrading and maintaining the state's highway system. Most of the projects funded were in the Valley, with none in Rim Country. The long-sought project to widen Highway 260 near Lion Springs to ease a accident-prone traffic bottleneck just outside of Star Valley didn't make it into the five-year plan.

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Creek residents revel at Duck Race

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has been my home for 11 years, and Rod wanted a little time off, so he asked me to fill in this week.

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A local’s guide to gardening in Tonto Village

The Village

This week I am going to veer from the normal column topics and let Lucy Karrys write about the beginnings of her Tonto Village garden.

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Waste Management closes recycling site

Responding to abuse of the program, Waste Management recently shut down its recycling program near the Payson Airport.

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PUSD improvements funded through energy savings

The Payson Unified School District board will improve the football field and add lights under the terms of a contract with McKinstry Essention.

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School district upgrades textbooks

The Payson Unified School District board voted to purchase new reading textbooks for elementary- through middle school-aged students at its June 13 meeting.

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Dirt bike, ATV race roars into Star Valley

Saturday’s race to take over Houston Trail

Anyone planning on hiking either Houston Trail or the Houston Loop Trail on Saturday should make other plans.

Book Festival author creates vivid world

The revolution in publishing that has made it much, much easier for an author to get his words into print has resulted in a deluge of books.

Sponsors support helps sick children

Because of the love and generosity of our donors, sponsors, golfers and volunteers, the Ninth Annual Gracie Lee Haught Golf Tournament was a huge success!

Disappointed, disturbed and disgusted

The current political status in both our country and in Arizona has led me to a decision I’m not especially proud of.

Obama shameful

It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that every liberal politician’s knee-jerk reaction to any shooting is to call for more stringent gun control laws, whether it’s terrorism or a Saturday night drive-by, as if jihadis and gangsters will obey a new law.

Support teachers

Daria Mason is leaving.

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Sports Briefs

A Kids Fit Camp designed to promote healthy living and fitness in a fun and encouraging environment is open to those ages 5-13. It will be held at Julia Randall Elementary gym and Green Valley Park. The fee is $35.

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Characters Under the Rim – Ola Burdette Smith, Part 2

Back When

Ola Smith’s family lived at the old campsite on lower Rye Creek and as a child she gathered food, including pack rats and cactus fruit.

Taking domestic violence seriously

We must be missing something here.

Orlando: Is more gun control the answer?

It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that every liberal politician’s knee-jerk reaction to any shooting is to call for more stringent gun control laws, whether it’s terrorism or a Saturday night drive-by, as if jihadis and gangsters will obey a new law.